Flames’ Lindholm wins hat trick with extra time in Washington

Elias Lindholm completed his second career hat trick with a single time at 2:46 into overtime, and the visiting Calgary Flames beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Saturday.

Lindholm’s fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the season helped the Flames to a second straight victory, this coming after taking a 3-0 lead. Washington had won two in a row.

Andrew Mangiapane added his third on the power play to open the scoring for the Flames, who restored their full advantage in the first period at the end of the second.

Dan Vladar of Calgary made 22 saves and Johnny Gaudreau collected two assists, the last of which was to Lindholm for an effort that grabbed goaltender Ilya Samsonov’s body before crossing the line.

Alex Ovechkin scored his fifth goal and got an assist for the Capitals, who remain undefeated in regulation but have lost both of their overtime games this season.

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his fourth goal to kick off Washington’s comeback, and Martin Fehervary scored his NHL debut. Ovechkin rose to 735 career goals, putting him six behind Brett Hull for fourth on the NHL roster.

Samsonov replaced Vitek Vanecek at the start of the second period. He stopped 13 consecutive shots before being beaten in overtime.

Lindholm and Kuznetsov traded shorthanded goals on either side of the first intermission.

The Capitals closed at 3-2 when Fehervary took a pass from Tom Wilson and beat Vladar inside his right post near the opposite face-off circle.

Then Ovechkin tied the game in the final two minutes of the period, hitting a loose puck after an unforced turnaround and beating Vladar at his near post in a breakout to the left side.

Lindholm is one game away from tying a club record for consecutive games scoring a goal to start the season. Gary Roberts scored in the Flames’ first five games in the 1989-90 campaign.

WATCH | Lindholm throws the Flames on Thursday against the Red Wings:

Elias Lindholm celebrates as Flames exclude Wings

Jacob Markstrom of Calgary recorded his 9th career shutout as Elisa Lindholm’s first-period goals were the winners in a 3-0 Flames win. 0:36

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